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July/August 2017 Centerfold

    Artscope 69, July/August 2017 art: Perfect Harmony artist: Jeff Grassie medium: wood, metal, stone, sand, glass, marbles, walnut shells theme: Wood A master at stretching his boundaries to new levels and constantly challenging and reinventing himself, helps Grassie find new techniques so he can apply them to his rare and unique style of […]



July/August Classifieds

 Your work could be artscope’s next CENTERFOLD. Your work can be Artscope’s next Centerfold. Work by established and emerging artists welcome. For the July/August 2017 issue we will be accepting submissions featuring typography. Send up to three images and your statement with contact information to: centerfold@artscopemagazine.com by August 15, 2017. Submit low resolution images for […]


Chris Sousa, Sleepy Fire, 2017, oil on canvas, 28' x 22'. courtesy of William Scott Gallery


A GALLERY CRAWL: THE BEST OF THE OUTER CAPE

by Laura Shabott When Artscope’s publisher Kaveh Mojtabai and managing editor Brian Goslow asked me to do a gallery crawl in the arts colony of Provincetown, I was daunted by the sheer quantity and quality of art available on the Outer Cape in the towns of Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. What possible parameters could I […]


Jaynie Crimmins, Artifact Series Untitled 2, shredded household mail, thread armature


IT’S ALL ON PAPER: FEEL THE POWER AT GALLERY 4

by Suzanne Volmer “The Power of Paper,” at Gallery 4 at Historic Tiverton Four Corners through July 30, includes works on paper created by 12 artists. Conceived by Chas. Hickey in collaboration with Elaine Hill and Alix Campbell, this exhibition is weighted toward small and mid-range artworks. It tests the waters on this year’s ease […]


The 52 Box Project


THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: 52 WEEKS AT FULLER CRAFT

by Beth Neville Ellen Schiffman pushes the limits of Fiber Art in her “52 Box Project” solo exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum. Moving away from cotton, wool, linen, felt and synthetic fiber, she works with unorthodox materials. Reaching a “milestone” birthday (age not revealed), Schiffman made a pledge to herself that she would make […]


Naomi Nevo Ben-Ari, Something is Going on Under My House, oil


LIVE AND LEARN: DRAWING ON HISTORY IN CT

by J. Fatima Martins In News & Views, the Mystic Museum of Art’s (MMoA) newsletter, Dawn E. Salerno, MMoA’s deputy director for public engagement and operations, asks in her “Art Education and National Welfare” essay, “Can a museum teach empathy or inspire good citizenship?” She goes on to reference a study that found that “even […]


Bud Vase, 2017 milk glass bud vases; and Mandoria in Ebony and Milk, 2017, glass steel and mixed media


COWAN’S RE/COLLECTION: AN UPDATED GLASS MENAGERIE

by Beth Neville Among contemporary young artists, it is unusual to find someone in full control of her medium, with the emotional maturity and imagination to produce art that is both decorative and deeply emotional. This is even more unusual in the burgeoning field of American crafts over the past 50 years. Amber Cowan is […]


Rolling Surf, 2017, oil on canvas, 12" x 24"


NO PLACE LIKE HOME: BLACKWOOD IN PORTSMOUTH

by Linda Chestney So often we are compelled to leave home. The further the better, right? Yet there remains in our cultural DNA a pair that brings us back home. According to T.S. Elliott, “…and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first […]


Half Dollar Chair in Welded Half-dollars and Stainless Steel, 2013, number 36 from an edition of 50, 46" x 32" x 32.25," courtesy Joe Kramm/R&Company


TO COIN A CHAISE: FUN MEETS FUNCTION IN VT

by Elayne Clift Johnny Swing was fortunate enough to have a mother who was an artist. She inspired and encouraged his interest in welding which led to him sculpting metal into functional art, something he said he knew he wanted to do from the age of three. By the time he was 13, he was […]


(l to r) Breathing Trash Bag-Pair (13 gal); Vertical Tentacle-36; Breathing Trash Bag Nest; Vertical Tentacle-34-Breathing Trash Bag (blue angel eye), 2017, computer cooling fans, plastic bags, plastic sheets, plastic cake container, LED lights, mixed electronics, photograph by Stephen Briggs, copyright Worcester Art Museum.


WORCESTER ELECTRIFIED: HUANG MOVES THE IMAGINATION

by Brian Goslow Nearly 50 years ago, the Worcester Art Museum hosted “Light and Motion,” a groundbreaking exhibition in which the participating “new kineticists” turned to “light and movement to produce a new sensibility.” This summer, just as those artists used the latest “electrical elements, lenses, Polaroid filters … and other non-traditional media” to modernize […]